Ms. Marvel #4 - Review. I Don't Buy It
2. Ms Marvel #34, Marvel
- written by G. Willow Wilson
- art by Nico Leon
- colors by Ian Herring
- letters by Joe Caramagna
- I think we are in the 3rd or 4th issue of this arc. It's been going on since the conclusion of the Ms. Marvel annual kind of set a new status quo, with Kamala revealing her secret identity to her friends, to find out that, her friends already had figured it out
- from that setting, we cut into this arc which is about her reconciling her relationship with Bruno. After the annual, Bruno showed back up, and the two set out to start conducting experiments to determine the limits of Kamala’s powers
- then the Shocker showed up in Jersey, and in the course of trying to put him down, Khan saw her powers start to go haywire, theorizing that it was the result of Bruno's experimentation
- at the end of last issue, Bruno, realizing that he could not be of assistance in Kamala’s fight with the Shocker, went back to the lab to see if he could of assistance there by determining the cause of Kamala losing full faculties over her powers
- Art here is a step above par, mostly driven by what Herring seems to be able to do with a fairly limited range of colors. It evokes feelings of water color, but not quite as abstract. Reds and yellows don’t pop here, as I mentioned was bothersome in the coloring of N&H, but they are punchy, with sharper contrast to the more frequently appearing browns and yellows. It works well. And while Leon's art style does not appeal to me, I have to give him props for handling the mutation powers of Ms. Marvel and for the resultant sometimes whacky fight choreography, which he holds together, never loses continuity, and is consistently well done
- where I lose traction on this thing is with the repurposing of the Shocker as some kind of just-below-the-level criminal genius. The reveal here is that Bruno does figure out where Kamala is borrowing mass from, and it's that her powers are taking it from her body at different points in the timeline. Kamala has also been popping in and out of our timeline/dimension while her powers have been going haywire, and she runs into Singularity, a time and dimension travelling entity who guides her back to her own timeline and gives her enough info for her to catch on to what's happening. But then Shocker's dialogue is like he knows what he's been doing and it's deliberate and I'm just like come on. This guy is a schlub who was at one point scripted to be killed off in the great 1985 culling by the Scourge (and I argue he should have been). He's just been too much of a muck-up in the MU to be taken seriously, especially as some scientific time-travel wielding genius. I had been giving the series the benefit of the doubt up until now, but this plotline is really wearing thin.
- I loved seeing the possible futures of Ms. marvel in Bruno's machine, especially with her as President, but do we really need yet another time-travel centric hero in a comic book? I really hope that they put this tempest back in the box. Ms. Marvel does not need to be street-grounded like a Marvel Knight, but I don't know that I need her time-travelling and/or cosmic
- I mentioned last review that I like this book most when she is surrounded by a larger cast of characters to bounce off of, I don't like the quiet moments with her one-on-one with a supporting character and we've been doing this for several issues.